our grantmaking process

The Raikes Foundation makes grants in three core program areas: Education, Youth Homelessness, and Expanded Learning Opportunities. We also make a limited number of community grants and grants for special projects. Proposals are by invitation only. We make the majority of our grants to organizations we have identified. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. 

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of the Code. Public organizations designated under section 170(c) of the Code are also eligible. The Raikes Foundation does not make grants to individuals or to organizations outside the United States. 

The Raikes Foundation does not fund: individuals; organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin or citizenship, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief; or religious purposes unless grant activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious beliefs.

Even if our grants and strategies don’t fully succeed, we only fail if we don’t learn.

– Jeff Raikes

List of Grants

Organization Requests Award Datesort ascending Amount Strategy
TeamChild Development of a System of Care for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth & a Public System of Care Which Prevents Youth Exiting 08/09/18 $40,000.00 Youth Homelessness
The University of Chicago Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 08/09/18 $500,000.00 Education
SchoolHouse Connection State Partnerships on Student Homelessness 08/06/18 $155,000.00 Youth Homelessness
King County Department of Community and Human Services Built for Zero Conference - King County Department of Community and Human Services "All Home" Staff Participation 08/03/18 $2,235.00 Youth Homelessness
Shift Consulting LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $629,188.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/31/18 $500,000.00 Education
Bellwether Education Partners, Inc. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Field Facilitation and Assessment 07/27/18 $9,000.00 Education
National Equity Project Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $584,724.00 Education
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 07/25/18 $167,670.00 Education
Wayfinder Foundation General Operating Support 07/18/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education General Operating Support (The Equity Lab) 07/17/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
The Regents of the University of California at Berkeley General Operating Support 07/17/18 $5,000.00 Community Giving
Umoja Student Development Corporation General Operating Support 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Education
Third Sector New England Inc. A Way Home Washington’s “Anchor Communities” Initiative to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness 07/12/18 $150,000.00 Youth Homelessness
United Way Of King County “The Home Fund” - Pearl Jam’s Banding Together to Fight Homelessness Campaign in King County 07/01/18 $500,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Clemson University Foundation General Operating Support 06/29/18 $860.00 Education
EducationCounsel LLC K-12 Education Research, Practice and Policy Implementation Field Support 06/28/18 $180,000.00 Education
National Public Education Support Fund Educators Funders Strategy Group 06/22/18 $25,000.00 Education
Washington State Department of Commerce Built for Zero Conference - Washington State Office of Homeless Youth Staff Participation 06/22/18 $2,300.00 Youth Homelessness
Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services General Operating Support 06/22/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Social Venture Partners General Operating Support and Membership 06/22/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Turnaround for Children, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/19/18 $500,000.00 Education
El Education, Inc. Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 3) 06/18/18 $500,000.00 Education
Food Thrust 2027 "Sound Food Uprising” and “Pure Food Kids” Regional Health Outcomes Improvement Initiative 05/25/18 $250,000.00 Community Giving
Treehouse Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA) Homeless Youth Coalition Proposal Development 05/22/18 $25,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Ashland Greenwood Public Schools Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award 05/04/18 $12,500.00 Community Giving
Mockingbird Society Leadership Showcase 05/04/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
Trustees of Indiana University Student Experience Project Planning Phase (RA - Mary Murphy, 2018) 04/24/18 $15,650.00 Education
University of Texas at Austin National Study Learning Mindsets (Phase 2) 04/24/18 $650,000.00 Education
College Access Now General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Northwest African American Museum Inc General Operating Support (Event) 04/06/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
WeCount Capacity Building Support 03/23/18 $18,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Local Funder Collaborative 03/09/18 $5,860.00 Community Giving
Plymouth Housing Group General Operating Support (Event) 03/07/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
New Venture Fund Learning Heroes "Developing Life Skills in Children: A Road Map for Communicating with Parents" Convenings 02/23/18 $18,200.00 Education
Children and Youth Justice Center General Operating Support (Event) 02/16/18 $2,500.00 Community Giving
The Aspen Institute, Inc. 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholarship Fund 02/16/18 $20,000.00 Community Giving
Washington Appleseed Foster Care to Prison Coalition 01/26/18 $1,500.00 Community Giving
Baseball Beyond Borders General Operating Support 01/22/18 $1,000.00 Community Giving
Philanthropy Northwest Speaker Sponsorship featuring Ibram Kendi 01/12/18 $6,000.00 Community Giving
Grantmakers For Effective Organizations 2018 General Operating Support and Annual Membership 01/12/18 $6,380.00 Community Giving
The Billions Institute, LLC Building Equitable Learning Environments Network (Year 2b) 12/22/17 $235,798.00 Education
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Research/Practice Partnership to Advance Equitable Learning Environments 12/22/17 $2,650,000.00 Education
Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth Inc. Racial Equity and Homelessness Summit 12/21/17 $4,000.00 Youth Homelessness
Americas Promise-The Alliance For Youth “Education Leads Home” SXSW EDU Conference Campaign Launch 12/21/17 $12,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Grantmakers For Education Grantmakers for Education Conference Reception 12/15/17 $1,500.00 Youth Homelessness
Washington Womens Foundation General Operating Support and Membership 12/15/17 $2,500.00 Community Giving
New Visions for Public Schools General Operating Support 12/15/17 $200.00 Community Giving
Community Center For Education Results Opportunity Youth Regional Infrastructure and Planning Support 12/14/17 $325,000.00 Special Initiatives
Building Changes Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Academic Success for Students of Color Experiencing Homelessness 12/11/17 $80,500.00 Youth Homelessness